November 6: 'The Revolutionary Optimists' and other SF events 

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  • The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, presented by 3rd i, opens with a screening of “The Revolutionary Optimists.”
Who’s in town

Richard Goldstone, former South African judge and United Nations war-crimes prosecutor, discusses the state of justice after the Arab Spring. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Election recap: Political analysts Alex Clemens and David Latterman examine Tuesday’s election results and what they mean for The City. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Kelly McCown: The attorney and immigration-law specialist discusses what the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act means for binational LGBT couples. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Two Buffetts: Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett, co-authors of “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World,” discuss their philanthropic efforts. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

California wine: “New generation” California wine producers discuss their techniques and offer tastes of their products. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Billy Collins: The former U.S. poet laureate, whose new volume is “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003-2013,” shares his work. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Donald Fagen: The musician, songwriter and co-founder of Steely Dan presents his autobiographical book “Eminent Hipsters” in conversation with Ben Fong-Torres. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Diane di Prima: The feminist Beat poet, who has published more than 40 books, appears in a reading and conversation. [7:30 p.m., Room 105, Geology Corner, Building 320, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Artist reception: “Serenity: Visions,” a five-floor, five-artist exhibit of work meant to inspire serenity, opens with a reception. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Women’s Health Center, floors 3-7, UC Sab Francisco, 2356 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the public library

Japanese imprisonment: The presentation features poetry and memoirs about the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Mental health: Terri Byrne, from the Mental Health Association, discusses how to recognize signs of mental illness and make decisions about treatment. [6 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

South Asian films

The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, presented by 3rd i, opens with a screening of “The Revolutionary Optimists.” [7:15 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.;]

Local activities

Opening party: Whole Foods Market open its seventh San Francisco store with a bread-baking ceremony and comments from city officials. [9:45 a.m., 2001 Market St., S.F.]

Ice skating: Ice rinks open today at The Embarcadero and Union Square. Sessions start on every even hour. [Embarcadero, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, foot of Market Street, S.F.; Union Square, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Salon recital: Bass-baritone and Adler Fellow Philippe Sly appears in recital as part of the “Salons at the Rex” series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ristobar: The coniglio (rabbit), served two ways, is a fall-menu highlight. The dish consists of roasted rabbit paired with slow-roasted cuts of rabbit with rabbit sausage. Also recommended today: mare, a seafood soup. [2300 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 923-6464]

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